Inter striker Romelu Lukaku’s performance was affected by some tendon inflammation during his hapless second-half appearance against Monza on Saturday evening.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri are seriously considering whether there is a future for the 29-year-old in Milan as the injury and fitness issues mount for him.

The muscular problem that Lukaku was feeling after Inter’s midweek clash with Napoli are hardly serious.

However, even if this is not an injury that will sideline the Belgian for a lengthy period the way that his thigh strain in the autumn did, it was certainly enough to lower his level of performance.

Lukaku put in one of his worst performances, if not single worst one, in an Inter shirt against Monza on Saturday, with the fact that he wasn’t physically 100% playing a major role according to the Gazzetta.

The Nerazzurri are yet to completely lose patience with the 29-year-old

The club will wait to see how things develop over the next few months, and base their decision on whether or not to try to agree a new loan deal with Chelsea in the summer on their assessments.

However, the feeling now is that even after a long period to train and recover during the winter break, it has simply been one step forward and two steps back for Lukaku.

If the Belgian cannot put an end to these injury and fitness struggles, then it will become increasingly unlikely that Inter would decide to try and extend his loan from Chelsea at the end of the campaign.